films The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made

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Black sports movies combine the thrill of competition with athletes' desire to fight against oppression. The top black sports movies range from completely fictitious comedies to compelling real-life documentaries. This is a list of the top black sports films featuring everything from When We Were Kings to Love & Basketball to The Hurricane.

What movies will you find on this list of the best black sports films? You might vote Hoop Dreams to the top. Documentarian Steve James followed two African American high school basketball stars as they set out on their quest to join the NBA. The movie examined all of the factors that contribute to the future of these young men including race, social class, education, and skills. White Men Can't Jump bridged the racial divide as Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes played a pair of b-ball hustlers who are out to make a quick buck. Other good movies featured on this top black sports movies list include Ali, He Got Game, and Drumline.

Which black athlete movies deserves the top spots on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Hoop Dreams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Hoop Dreams William Gates, Arthur Agee

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
White Men Can't Jump Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

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42 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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Sunset Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Sunset Park Terrence Howard, Carol Kane, Rhea Perlman

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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Unforgivable Blackness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Unforgivable Blackness Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton

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When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
When We Were Kings George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

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The Express is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
The Express Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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Pride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Pride Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold

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The Bingo Long Traveling All-S... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams

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The Jesse Owens Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
The Jesse Owens Story LeVar Burton, Norman Fell, Tom Bosley

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Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Men of Honor Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Ali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Blue Chips Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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The Greatest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
The Greatest Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Ernest Borgnine

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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Tyson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Tyson Mills Lane, Mike Tyson, Trevor Berbick

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Crossover is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Crossover Wayne Brady, Anthony Mackie, Eva Marcille

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Rebound is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Rebound Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Tom Arnold

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No No: A Dockumentary is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
No No: A Dockumentary Larry Demery, Dock Ellis, Ron Howard

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Drumline is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones